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Re: After Access – Challenges Facing Mobile-OnlyInternet Users in the Developing World

From: Robert Allen <robertsallen@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 5 Jul 2010 17:02:43 +0200
Message-ID: <AANLkTinOMgAdtU7vhgYpHKg6e8vH2ZtCsAGFb1xxvNtk@mail.gmail.com>
To: Slim Amamou <slim@alixsys.com>
Cc: Stephane Boyera <boyera@w3.org>, "public-mw4d@w3.org" <public-mw4d@w3.org>
a few quick points

There are very few serious sites in WML anymore and hven't been for 5 years
- Most "internet enabled" phone browsers pick up XHTML-MP as a minimum.

Most SA operators have their own email for users which are slightly easier
to set up than general webmail - e.g vodamail, mtn loaded

Many sim cards in SA are bought data enabled - you just put them in the
phone and they can access internet.

Most people in SA rely on their local fundi or teenager to set their phones
up for them. Mxit is the primary driver because of communication costs.

Rob Allen






On Mon, Jul 5, 2010 at 2:16 PM, Slim Amamou <slim@alixsys.com> wrote:

> Great paper indeed.
>
> On Mon, Jul 5, 2010 at 12:47 PM, Stephane Boyera <boyera@w3.org> wrote:
>
>> Dear All,
>> i want to share with you a very good paper from S. Gitau, J. Donner and G.
>> Marsden.
>> The paper is attached
>> References are:
>> Gitau, Shikoh, Marsden, Gary, & Donner, Jonathan. (2010). After access -
>> Challenges facing mobile-only internet users in the developing world.
>> Proceedings of the 28th international conference on human factors in
>> computing systems (CHI 2010) (pp. 2603-2606). New York: ACM.
>>
>> One of the first papers i see focusing on the barriers of using mobile web
>> in developing countries by people without PC access and experience.
>> Some good suggestions for operators and other players.
>>
>> Steph
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